• From the vault: ‘Open All Hours’ – the 1973 pilot

    From the vault: ‘Open All Hours’ – the 1973 pilot

    I may be in the minority here, but one of my most favorite British situation comedies of all-time is Open All Hours. Written by Roy Clarke (Last of the Summer Wine, Keeping Up Appearances) and starring comedy legends Ronnie Barker and David Jason, Open All Hours ‘premiered’ in 1973 as a last-minute addition to Barker’s comedy anthology series, Seven […]

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  • Germany’s NYEve tradition involves viewing classic Britcom sketch

    Germany’s NYEve tradition involves viewing classic Britcom sketch

    While I’m not really sure who “they” are, they say that comedy makes for strange bedfellows. Never has this been more evident than with the long-standing habit/tradition in Germany on New Year’s Eve involving an 11-minute British comedy sketch, Dinner for One, which is also known in Germany as Der 90 Geburtstag (The 90th birthday). It seems that watching […]

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  • Merry Christmas – Terry Gilliam style, circa 1968

    Merry Christmas – Terry Gilliam style, circa 1968

    This 1968 gem from a pre-Monty Python’s Flying Circus’ Terry Gilliam is what the internet was made for. In those early days, Gilliam was kicking around London, working as an animator. He was asked to put together an animated segment for a Christmas show, so he hopped over to the Tate and photocopied a bunch of Victorian Christmas […]

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  • The best of 2016 – The Luther Family and the Homicide Victim

    The best of 2016 – The Luther Family and the Homicide Victim

    While 2016 has not been particularly kind when it comes to those we have lost (David Bowie, Prince, Gene Wilder, Alan Rickman, Gary Shandling, Muhammed Ali and Robert Vaughn, to name a few), it has been a banner year from a telly standpoint. The year started off with the Sherlock one-off, “The Abominable Bride”, followed by the […]

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  • A bit of Miranda Hart greatness this holiday season begins Monday on Channel 4

    A bit of Miranda Hart greatness this holiday season begins Monday on Channel 4

    Miranda Hart may not be returning to Poplar this Christmas when Call the Midwife returns but she will definitely be on everyone’s radar this holiday season as the star of the self-titled, self-penned and semi-autobiographical sitcom, Miranda, joins forces with her dog, Peggy, to recreate some of television’s iconic moments from 2016 for Alan Carr’s 12 Stars of Christmas beginning […]

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  • With a new series in the works, Dawn French is ‘Delicious’ this Christmas

    With a new series in the works, Dawn French is ‘Delicious’ this Christmas

    Perhaps either taking a page from former husband Lenny Henry’s brilliant portrayal of culinary genius, Gareth Blackstock, in the comedy series, Chef, or remembering her portrayal of Geraldine Granger and her love of all things food-related in Vicar of Dibley, Dawn French has signed on for a new Sky1 comedy series, Delicious, premiering Christmas Day on Sky1. […]

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  • Andrew Sachs dies at age 86 – R.I.P. Manuel from ‘Fawlty Towers’

    Andrew Sachs dies at age 86 – R.I.P. Manuel from ‘Fawlty Towers’

    As the news broke early Thursday evening that Andrew Sachs had passed away at the age of 86 on November 23, I am at this moment officially done with 2016. Diagnosed with vascular dementia four years ago, Andrew was, by far, best known for his spot on portrayal of Manuel, the constantly confused waiter from Barcelona with a limited grasp of the English language and customs. […]

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  • Harry Enfield in ‘Who Does One Think One Is?’ is priceless

    Harry Enfield in ‘Who Does One Think One Is?’ is priceless

    Ordinarily, I’m not a big fan of sketch comedy shows as most episodes are more often than not like a roller coaster with up and down sketches. Not a bad thing but more my opinion as I realize not every sketch, whether it be from Saturday Night Live, Little Britain or even Monty Python’s Flying Circus, can knock it […]

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